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UN Vote Restores “Sexual Orientation” to Resolution on Extrajudicial, Summary Executions

On Tuesday (12-21-10), the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) voted overwhelmingly in favor of restoring reference to “sexual orientation” in a high-profile resolution condemning extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. The reference to sexual orientation had been removed by an earlier amendment at the committee level by governments opposed to ensuring protection for individuals targeted because of their actual or perceived sexual orientation.

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Rights Group Calls for Urgent Action to Protect LGBT People from Extrajudicial Execution

This Monday, 20th December, the United Nations General Assembly will vote on whether to include protection for LGBT people in a crucial resolution on extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings.  Our colleagues at the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission are asking for your help to ensure sexual orientation is not stripped from the resolution.

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Criminalized Abortion Overshadows Good News of Reduced Unsafe Abortion Deaths

Researchers at the World Health Organization have recently documented  a substantial decrease in the numbers of unsafe abortion deaths, but the incidence of unsafe abortion itself has not decreased. Anti-abortion laws in developing countries cause grave harm and endanger women’s lives and health. As long as these antiquated laws remain in place,  unsafe abortion and its resulting maternal mortality and morbidity will continue.

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Human Rights-Based Approaches to Maternal Death in the U.S.

The U.S. has shockingly high rates of maternal death, especially among marginalized communities such as women of color. The human right to health care, particularly maternal health care, is not being met in the US. But we can change this.

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State Department Condemns Stoning of Woman By Taliban in Pakistan

The Department of State has strongly condemned the stoning of a woman by Taliban militants.  The reason?  She was seen in public with a man.

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Out of the Darkness of Centuries: Book Review

Find out what REALLY WORKS in improving reproductive health and women’s empowerment around the world.

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Twelve-Year-Old Child Dies Three Days After Marriage

A 12-year-old Yemeni girl is forced to marry and bleeds to death following sexual intercourse, three days later.

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Where the Wild Things Weren’t: Daily Beast’s Women’s Summit Avoids Controversial Realities

The Daily Beast’s first Women in the World Summit played stuck to lowest-common denominator issues, and avoided the “scary” and “controversial” (read: political) realities of women’s lives.

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USA Squeamish About UN Guidelines

Looks like the US is once again living up to it’s Puritan roots.

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We’re Back! US Reclaims Leadership Role in International Reproductive Health

At the recent Commission on Population and Development, for the first time in eight years, the US was front and center advocating an increased global commitment to reproductive health and rights.

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